Friday, 9 October 2015

LIFESTYLE: Food From Around The World

The guys at Rental Cars have put together this fun quiz about different food around the world and to go with it, they have asked me about my favourite dishes from around the world are.

I know this one isnt too exciting but I love paella. Like I really love it to the point of eating it at any opportunity I get. Seafood is my favourite but I dont mind a bit of chicken here and there because honestly it's all about the rice for me. While we were in Mallorca this summer, we found a lovely fish restaurant near the beach in Magaluf and that's where this one came from. I managed to get Andrew to share a paella with me on 3 out of our 5 nights but this was definitely the best of the three. Just look at  those big juicy prawns!

Mango & Sticky Rice
Next up and one of my favourite food discoveries is mango and sticky rice which I  tried whilst in Thailand last summer. We heard alot about it at the start of our trip but I wasn't too keen to try it until we ended up on a boat with nothing to eat but fruit (and these weird little balls of rice) and that was just not cutting it with me - when I am hungry, I need something with a bit of substance. It must have been fate because after trying it in desperation (the two dishes to the left of the photo) it became my favourite dish of the trip and I sought it out everywhere we ate afterwards. I even attempted to make my own when we got home and it didn't taste bad although the mangoes here are nothing compared to the amazing fresh ones in Thailand.

Pizza in Italy 
We was in Naples for the afternoon and of course with pizza all around us, we were tempted. I thought this was going to taste the same as it does at home, a pizzas a pizza right?! Actually for €4 for a whole pizza, I thought it was going to be a bit crappy but we were hungry so we ordered a few. It had a thin base and was just plain cheese and tomato but it was the best pizza I have ever eaten and everyone (all 10 of us) agreed and promptly ordered ourselves one each. Who'd have thought I'd actually be able to find a photo of that actual pizza from over two years ago?! Doesn't look very impressive does it?

I'd grown up hearing my parents go on and on about these things but it wasn't until I finally got to visit Israel that I got to try one for myself and all of a sudden I understood exactly what thay had been talking about. It looks pretty much like a doner kebab but it us so much more than that. They were sold along the beach in nice little shops (not the usual dirty kebab place) and they usually come covered in tahini. OMGSOGOOD
Wheres Your Favourite Dish From?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

FRAGRANCE: DKNY - Be Desired Perfume

I grew up with Be Delicious by DKNY. My mum was totally obsessed and it became a bit of a saturday night scent in my house. It reminds me of evenings sitting in her room and helping her pick what jewellery to wear while she got ready to go out for dinner with my dad or friends.
Be Delicious was released in 2004 (over 10 years ago!!) and on the 14th October 2015 DNKY release their new addition to the collection - BE DESIRED.

"With a sparkle of orange oil combined with tart blackcurrant and dewy violet leaves. Iced grapefruit teases the senses with a vivacious energy. Exotic elements bring a succulent texture to the bouquet of jasmine sambac and turkish rose. Precious woody notes of cedarwood and vibrant amber wood"

Again in their iconic apple bottle and again very fruity. It still smells very fresh and green like the original but just a bit different, a bit updated I guess - the grapefruit seems to come through quite strongly which is lovely. I've been wearing it everyday and I just love the freshness of it.  

DKNY Be Desired 100ml RRP £69/ 50ml RRP £50/ 30ml RRP £37

Monday, 5 October 2015

LIFESTYLE: Homeware Wishlist

The guys at Homify asked me to put together a homewear wishlist so thats what I'm doing today. I'm totally into rose gold and copper tones at the moment - they just make everything looks so warm but classy at the same times.
Candle - Kate Spade
I love the bold stripes of this and of course the gold details and the words across the front
Light Up G - Urban Outfitters
Seriously guys, who doesnt want one of these. I would actually really love a mini one that I could keep on my desk or soemthing
So shiny! If only it was just a little bit more rose tinted.

Rose Water Bowl - Kate Spade
More Kate Spade I know but after my little shopping stint on holiday - I am obcessed with everything Kate Spade. I'm pretty sure it will be my actual first point of call when it really does come down to buying stuff for a home. How cute.

Glass Box - H&M
This comes in a few colours but I just thought it was so pretty! It'd be perfect on a dressing table full of jewellery or make up or just all the little bits and pieces that dont have a home.

Terranium - JoY
These things are just so pretty and have a relaxing zen garden feel. Also, I love succulents and picked up 5 from the wedding last month so this would be the perfect little home for them!

and of course I want white walls through the house and light carpets upstairs. As for downstairs, I would keep it all to natural looking wood flooring because I grew up with white wood bedroom floorboards and I never want to do that again, it was cold in the mornings and I hated it. Now, I love having carpet upstairs, it makes going to be more warm and cosy whereas downstairs is you come in through the front door in your shoes and where Molly comes through the back door covered in mud so no carpet downstairs! Although that could means it gets a bit colder downstairs so of course I would need to get a little heater to keep it warm so I can spend my evenings snuggled up with a blanket in from of the TV.

Friday, 2 October 2015

5 Things In September

Caroline & Tim's Wedding

Remember I went to Andrew's sister hen party in August? Well September brought their wedding!

 The couple met while at Oxford Uni so thats where they decided to get married, and I don't blame them - I seriously had no idea how beautiful Oxford was until we loaded up the car and drove down there for the weekend! It was so exciting - like going on a mini road trip.
After we arrived and settled into our rooms, we went off the for wedding rehersal and then all had a meal at Cafe Rouge together before going back to bed ready for the big day.

I spent the morning getting ready with the girls and of course this meant I was one of the first to see Caroline ready in her dress and she looked so lovely in her beautiful strapless dress with pretty lace and bead detailed overlay.

The whole weekend was lovely right from beginning to end and I was so happy to be a part of it!

P.S How cute is the card I got them!

Joes Southern Dessert

I was having a pretty shitty day on Tuesday. I was at the pharmacy during my lunch break trying to get someone to see me and desperatly calling for an emergency doctors  appointment for when I got home from work.

Obvs I was looking through twitter while I was in the que, trying to take my mind off of it and I somehow got into a conversation with Joes Southern - A resturant in Covent Garden. Anyway, it ended with them delivering me an Oreo ice cream crush dessert to my desk later that day. It was pretty delicious and totally took my mind off of my problems - Such a kind thing to do so a huge thanks to them!
Turns out at the age of 22, I have a few big black varicose veins on my leg and I am stressing out about it. Apparently they are more common when you are pregnant, older or standing up all day so that just made me even more worried about why I have them in the first place. They are really unsightly and I am desperate for them to dissapear. So of course I've already started doing some research on varicose vein removal methods. I definitely want a second opinion of whether thats what they really are and how I should go about fixing it before I do anything. I'm not too worried at the moment but I know when summer comes rolling back around I am going to be stressing. As much as I am hoping, ignoring them is not going to get rid of them so hopfully I can sort another trip to the doctors and see someone more helpful who might be able to put me in the right direction rather than saying "They're Varicose Veins" then pushing me out of the door becuase it was nearly 7pm. 

Starbucks PSL

Ok guys, let me brake it to you slowly, before last week, I had never tried a Pumpkin Spiced Latte. It just sounded too spicy for me but when Starbs got in touch and offered to send me some for my office crew and I (lol), a day before they launched into stores, I thought I might as well give it a try and it wasnt that bad! Actually - it wasnt bad at all, I'm not a big coffee drinker but I quite liked it as it wasnt too much coffee and had a really nice flavour. Also, how pretty are the new cups?! I just want to buy a pack of felt tips and colour it in.

Anniversary Part 1 & 2
September marked Andrew and I's six year anniversary and similarly to my birthday, I like to drag the celebrations out for as long as I can.

On the actual day, Andrew booked a surprise restaurant for us which happened to be just down the road from work! As huge Gaucho fans, we had been talking about a trip to STK for months, years even but we never really got around to it so it was a great idea for our anniversary meal.

We had read alot of bad reviews but both of us really enjoyed everything we ate! There was a great choice of starters and some really delicious sides to go with our steaks. It was so good that I couldnt even manage a dessert, and thats saying something!
Last weekend we had booked a hotel with a voucher from Christmas so we both took a half day and enjoyed our afternoon stuffing our faces and messing around in the hotel spa and jacuzzi. Not for too long though as we had to get ready for another surprise restaurant that Andrew had picked for that evening.

He is getting really good at the surprise thing becuase he picked a place called Kenza for that evening. It is a morrocan underground restaurant in liverpool street and it was totally different to anything we had ever eaten together. The tables we all in little coves lit with candles. After a delicious meal, they turned up the music ready for the belly dancing. Such a fun evening!

My Face On Soap & Glory

This made me so happy haha. During the week, I popped into the Boots press day, at The ME Hotel (Same place as STK) for a little look around. It was full of all the christmas gift sets and the Soap & Glory stand were printing out our photos on their Clean On Me bottles - there was no way I was leaving without one of those! 

Keep an eye out for some of the other products for the press day coming up soon here ina  Giftset Gift Guide!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

GIVEAWAY: Popchips Mature Cheddar and Onion

Sitting at my desk munching my way through a bag of crisps after lunch is not something I do often but definitely something I crave every now and then! I love crisps but for me they really are a guilty pleasure and I try not to eat them too often compared to my brothers who get through a 6 pack each per week.
Today I needed a bag of crisps. But this time, they arent so guilty as they are a bag of Popchips new Mature Cheddar and Onion flavour. I actually love Popchips (especially their sour cream and onion and salt and vinegar flavours) for their crunch and texture but the fact that they are only 95 calories and less than half the fat definitely helps!
The guys over a Popchips sent me a huge box of their new flavour which I have been enjoying with friends and family. They have provided me with another popbox containing 24 pack for me to giveaway here! Just enter below!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

LIFESTYLE: Money Saving Tips At Uni

My brother started uni last week. He went on his first lads holiday this summer but apart from that, my mum has always done everything for him from waking him up in the morning to making him eat a sandwich when she has realised he has been too lazy to make himself anything to eat all day and its now 3pm.

So for the past few weeks we have been sorting him out with ideas and of course money was a big thing. We did lots of research and also I asked Andrew who was a student so I though it might be cool to share some of my new found knowledge!
Buy Supermarkets Own
This definitely doenst count for everything - but it can be great for alot of things! I absolutley love supermarket own cheap milk chocolate bars - they are actually my favourite tasting chocolate and at 30p for a family sized bar thats a massive saving on the same size for Dairy Milk. As well as that I also always have a look to see what cheeky deals are on as there is usually a few pounds to be saved there!

Keep a coin jar
Or in Andrews case, a coin mug haha. He used to fill it up with literally coppers and 5ps and he told me what when he had enough he would use it for takeaways.
Obvs, these are designed esepcially for students so its best to have one for your time at uni. The TSB one has an interest free overdraft which I suggest you try to keep out of but sometimes you might need to dip in to keep you going until your next loan comes though.
Loyalty Cards
I am the queen of loyalty cards and why not?! If you are happy to buy something why not let it count towards getting a free one in the future. Like anyone is going to turn down a free Nandos?! And on top of the usual loyalty cards, have a look around your uni town too see where you can get some student discount cards too!

*In Collaboration with TSB

Monday, 28 September 2015

BEAUTY: Barry M Midnight Gelly Collection

I got another one of those confusing invites the other day. It was from the lovely lady at Barry M so as soon as I saw that come through, of course I was excited but the part that confused me was that it was happening at the London Bridge Experience. Like that the same as the London Dungeons right?!

I've done the dungeons before but going alone and at night did creep me out a bit but they are my favorite nail polish brand so there was no way I was missing this!

The new colours are part of the new Midnight Gellys Collection - four off black polishes so it did make actual sense having the launch there.  I am still finding it a bit hard to tell the difference between the four of them (it is much easier during the daytime), as you can see in the photo that I took, they do look really similar but then again, as you can see in the official Barry M photo, if you catch them in the right light, you can easily see the hints of different colours.
Above: Grape, Pistachio, Current, Cherry (I think)
It seems like all that moaning in my last post made me feel better and with a new collection of polishes to try, I couldn't wait to get home and paint my nails. I picked Grape (the blue one) and of course I topped it off with my Plumpy top coat. As usual with the Gelly collection, the polish is easy to maneuver and perfect after two coats. 

Don't get me wrong, I am a light and bright nail polish lover but after a summer of wearing whites and mint greens, it was a nice change to go for a dark one.

Which Is Your Favourite? 

Friday, 25 September 2015

BEAUTY: LUSH, Frozen Bath Bomb

 Do you want to have a bath bomb? Do you want to splash and play?

After really loving the Intergalactica bathbomb, I was super excited to use Frozen. Another Oxford Street exclusive which is great for me because I walk past the store on my way to work but luckily for everyone else, they are now stocked online for £3.95. If you do get a chance though, I would say make an effort to see the new store - its such a great Lush experience. One thing I love about is the sinks upstairs where why just throw in a bathbomb to demonstrate so you can have a little look before you decide which one to buy!

I love a bathbomb and it seems like the new Oxford Street exclusives are the best Lush have ever done - well in my opinion anyway! The two different shades of blue that come out of this one are super pretty along with a super fine silver glitter to go with the Elsas colour scheme.

I'm hoping I got the full experience from this as it actually went in the bath after Andrew had accidentally soaked it in apple juice first. It seemed to fizz away as usual and I loved watching all the colours mix together in the bath. 

This one was sent over by the PR team but I will definitely be repurchasing!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

LIFESTYLE: Festival Injuries

Pryers have produced a Festival Safety infographic, which has been picked up by online Mag Six out of Ten. Laura has some very interesting thoughts on the whole Festival thing and so I thought I'd pass my opinion too - I'm sure if you follow me you will already know a little bit about how I feel about festivals.
I love music, thats for sure but I am a little bit crazy. When I was 15, my dad us booked tickets for YMAS at The Roundhouse. They were my favourite band at the time and one I still love today but I remember, the night before going to my first gig, I was laying in bed thinking, I might die tomorrow, how am I going to be able to keep up with all these big men in a mosh pit.
Anyway, I didnt. and apart from a full can of beer hitting me on the head and pouring all down me, I actually had a really good time and I have been back to The Roundhouse many times since - to see YMAS again, and loads more like All Time Low, The Blackout, AVA ect.
So gigs I can do! But as I got older, festivals became a thing and instead of one nights possibility of something strange happening, there would be 3 whole days so I have never been to a proper festival. It's really just not my thing and I feel like I wouldnt be able to keep up with partying all day and sleeping in a cold wet tent with the possibility of someone falling on top of it or setting it on fire during the night. I need a good sleep, and I need nice, healthy food to keep me going all day so I'm thinking if I cant hack it now, there is no way I'm going to be able to do it when I get older.

Monday, 21 September 2015

FASHION: Off The Shoulder & Life Lately

ta'dahh - a new outfit post for you guys today! Honestly though, I'm kinda struggling with blogging at the moment. I'm in a weird place with my life and my creativity and blogging, has taken a masive hit - I am finding it really hard to come up with things to post on here and even finding things to tweet or instagram. I spent Friday afternoon shopping alone on Oxford Street which was really nice and gave me some time just to do what I want (and spend lots of money to make myself feel better) but I seriously went the whole weekend having not thought about my blog and or anything. I havent even painted my nails for three weeks and I know that is just a silly thing but for me it's something I usually take pride in.  I'm kinda just drifitng at the moment but I really dont want to let me blog slip I'm trying!

I found these photos in a draft that I never got around to posting so today seems like a good time! I'm really glad I ended up buying this top earlier this year - it's not something I would usually pick but it seems to go with everything. I've already paired it up with shorts on holiday and wearing it at home with jeans was one of my all time favourite simple looks!

These heels were a little taller than I'm used to wearing lately, but once they are tied up securely, they arent too bad and I love the tassles. They are also, I think, my first pair of tan heels so thats cool too!

Top - New Look
Skirt - H&M
Heels* - Public Desire